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Bridget R. Cooks

Bridget R. Cooks is Professor of Art History and African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She received the M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from University of Rochester, and the BA “cum laude” in Art History from the University of California-Irvine.

Her research focuses on African American artists, Black visual culture, and museum criticism. She is author of the book Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011). Her writing can be found in dozens of art exhibition catalogues and academic publications such as the journals Afterall, Afterimage, American Studies, Aperture, and American Quarterly.

Cooks has curated several exhibitions including, Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California, (2018) at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective at the California African American Museum (2019) (CAAM), The Black Index (four venue national tour), Dissolve (Langson IMCA, University Art Gallery, UC Irvine) and Lava Thomas: Homecoming (2022) at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

Prior to her appointment at UCI, she taught in the Department of Art and Art History and the Program of Ethnic Studies at Santa Clara University. She also served as museum educator for the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“Art, Museums, and the Fear of a Black Planet”

Monday, September 25, 2023
1: 15 – 2: 30 pm

Hagen Room, Rm 150, 
Conrad A. Elvehjem Building



Monday, September 25, 2023
5:00 – 6: 00 pm
Chazen Lobby, Chazen Museum of Art


“Conjure: Art and the Black Supernatural”

Public Lecture
Monday, September 25, 2023
6:00 – 7:15 pm
Chazen Museum of Art


Lifting the Veil: a Conversation on Race and the Museum Now

Bridget R. Cooks joins Janine Yorimoto Boldt & UW students in vital dialogue around Sanford Biggers’s sculpture Lifting the Veil

Tuesday, September 26, 2023
9: 30 – 11: 00 am
Chazen Museum of Art
Register here.